Anatoli Souvlaki offers a menu of authentic Greek cuisine for lunch and dinner.
I've been going to Anatoli for many years, and have found over the years, the service can either be slow or incredible, with no consistancy. The one thing I have liked over anything else, is the food, and each time I order out or eat there, the food is fantastic, delicious and leaves you wanting more.
Tonight my out of town friend wanted Greek Food, and we came in early for dinner. I had order their roast chicken and my friend had the spanakopita and we thought our dishes were good. I love their roast chicken and its half of chicken that I never can finish and have left overs for my next day lunch. I love their chicken and its juicy with a great taste that is complimented by the potatoes & rice. My friend thought her dinner was good, was filling and tasted similiar to her husbands parents cooking.
Service was a bit slow and that wasn't a surprise, but I do return for the food, its that good.
We had called Anatoli’s earlier and they suggested reservations since it was July 1 and they anticipated a busy evening. They were very busy even early in the evening when we arrived.
It’s a very nice room and bigger than it first appears since it goes quite a ways back. The restaurant has high ceilings and is nice and airy. Tables are set far enough apart that you are not too close to other customers. They also have patio dining. There was a guitarist setting up when we left about 7:30.
Our server was very good. She was nice and cheerful and pleasant. When my husband ordered ½ chicken she explained that it could take 30 to 35 minutes. We were not in a hurry so it presented no problem but it was nice to know.
We shared an order of calamari to start. It was very good, nice and crispy coating and the calamari itself was tender. For entrees I ordered the roast lamb – this was leg of lamb that I requested medium rare. It was cooked exactly as ordered and came with the requisite, rice, potatoes and Greek salad. Their potatoes are more of an oven roasted potato than the standard potato that you generally get at a Greek restaurant. It was good but not exceptional. My husband ordered the ½ a roast chicken and it was very good. It was nice and moist and very flavourful. They charge extra for pita bread. This is something I find rather annoying. It seems to me that if you’re paying over $20.00 for an entrée that they could include the pita bread. Most Greek restaurants don’t charge for pita. Their pita bread is also a bit different than the standard, it is composed of tiny little triangles of crisp bread, not the nice fluffy rounds that you usually get. It was good, just different. Sunday nights they have pitchers of Sangria on special for $20.00. It is a large pitcher of Sangria with no fruit in it. It was very good but I have had better Sangrias, however for the price there was certainly value for you money.
It is a very nice restaurant but there are other Greek restaurants that I do prefer both for the quality of the food and the ambiance.
Went during in late April for lunch and nice lunch menu with lots of selection. Also they have a special menu and chose the roasted lamb. Very good lunch portion with rice, potato and greek salad. Lamb was average with it a bit dry for my liking. Partner tried the souvlaki and it look really good. Price in the low to mid teens is a bit above average for everyday lunch. Overall a good place to go.
I have been going to Anatoli's for the past 10 years for lunch. The food there is always delicious. However, the prices are getting higher and higher, but the dishes are getting smaller and smaller.
I use to get a lot of rice and a potatoe with my souvlaki. This meal use to fill me up. Now....there's not potatoe and a handful of rice. I pay for $13 lunch with one skewer of meat, a small salad, four little wedges of pita bread and barely a handful of rice.
I do admit that that tzaziki there is pretty amazing, but that doesn't really justify paying so much money for a little meal. And I don't get full for a $13 meal, plus tip, it would be around $16.
We had a very different experience than the previous two reviewers. Someone must have read the reviews. Upon arriving, we were seated promptly; the waitress quickly rearranged a table to suit our needs of a party of five. The menus and water were delivered immediately and we ordered two platters, with chicken and prawns. The warm pita and hummus was savory. The main dishes were delicious, the spanikopita and dolamates were especially tasty. Our waitress was attentive and polite. We had a great meal. We will definitely return.
I couldn't agree with the previous post more ("So Disappointing"). We went to this restaurant last night, and it was bad from the time we were seated. We were crammed into a tiny table at the back of the restaurant, and the people surrounding us were so loud that my boyfriend and I couldn't hear one another talk. The prices were slightly above average for Greek food, but we thought the restaurant was worth a try because 1.) we were starving and 2.) because we had already paid for 2 hours of parking in a nearby lot.
We were shocked by the small portions and the overall low quality of the food on our plates. I had the spanikopita plate ($16) - the spanikopita itself was very skimpy and contained little filling, the rice was incredibly bland, as was the Greek salad, and the potatoes and rice portions were very small. I attempted to find our waiter to ask for a lemon wedge for the salad (none was included on my plate), but she didn't stop by until we were nearly finished our meals. My boyfriend order the lamb souvlaki ($20), which was quite undercooked. The last piece of lamb on the skewer was so undercooked and chewy my boyfriend chewed on it for about two minutes and then had to spit it out. We informed our waiter of this, but he just mumbled "sorry" and then went on his way. No offer of reducing our bill for food that we couldn't finish. We have had much better Greek food at less expensive restaurants.
In sum, we will definitely avoid this restaurant in the future, and we recommend that other people avoid it if they are looking for good Greek food.
We have tried hard not to give up on this particular Greek restaurant but each visit results in a new disappointment. Everything has an upcharge. Want pita with your meal, 2 bucks. Want more Greek salad and less rice, 2 bucks. And the most astonishing of all...you want to small slices of potatoes with your Souvlaki? That will be another 2 bucks. We are sorry. We can't do this anymore. It is not about the money, it is the stupidity of it all. With so many new restaurants arriving along Lonsdale (Portly Chef, The District) and at the Pinnacle development (The Pier) across the street, I doubt very much there will be many more customers willing to be 2 bucked to death. This place will either crash and burn or start over again with a new menu. When were there, it was empty…that should be a clue.
Weak food, but nice ambience. Several years ago, this place was the best Greek restaurant around. Excellent flavors, nice service. Since then, the prices have gone way up and the quality way down. I agree with a prior reviewer that I have gotten dry souvlakis served to me. Sinewy-tough chicken souvlaki? No thanks!
They have excellent tzatsziki and pita, that's the best part about this place. If I have to go back, I'll just eat the free pita and order tzatzsziki (the cucumber/garlic/yogurt sauce).
Great decor though, greek music playing, nice wood tables. Great environment, too bad the food isn't the best.
I've been to Anatoli's four times now, and each visit has been a really good experience.
This time there were three of us - two had the roast lamb and the other had a souvlaki. All meals were very good and the accompanying salads were excellent. The lamb took 25 minutes - which suits me because I like to be sure it's cooked fresh. Our visit was on a Thursday evening at around 9.00pm so it was fairly quiet.
It's worth noting the points made by other contributors here - I always try and order stuff that I can be pretty sure is being cooked fresh rather than been revved up after being cooked earlier. The meal sizes were large and you need a good appetite to get through them.
The ambience is really pleasant and I thoroughly recommend a visit - especially for the evening meals.
I went to Anatoli's with my family for my birthday. We were seated promptly, even though there were a few large parties in the restaurant already and our server came by with water, and humus and pita bread very promptly.
I shared a platter for two with both of my parents and my sister order the country lamb dinner. The platter was huge and the quality of food was very good. Crispy calamari, delicious spanakopita, and tender lamd and chicken skewers. Plenty of food to share between the 3 of us. The countryu lamb was tender and the meat practially fell off the bone.
Service was prompt and friendly. Our platter took a little longer to come out due to the fact that there were two other large parties going on, but the server apologized and brought out more bread as soon as he saw we were running low.
No complaints from me and as a side note, Anatoli's does not serve pizza. I believe the reviewer below has reviewed the wrong restaurant as pizza is not even on the menu.
I have been to Anatoli's in North Vancouver for both lunch and dinner. I always have an amazing time. The food is always great, the room is very warm and inviting, and the service is always top notch!
I often have the prawn souvlaki..which is incredible! I really like their greek salad...of course I enjoy the roasted potatoes, rice, and pita too...but i LOVE their greek salad!
Once my friend and I went for dinner after work and we were served by the owner, Alexi. He walked us through many courses, explaining the many Greek dishes to us while telling us about his family's home in Greece....we felt like we were special guests having dinner at his family home in Greece. A really wonderful and memorable dining experience!
I will continue to recommend and frequent Anatoli Souvlaki...Alexi and his family run a personable family business offering great, good value, Greek food. Check them out....they are great!
I hate how all of you are so critical. This place is great for greek food. I loved my souvlaki chicken and my brother just went ape over the calamari. This place is a good idea for a date, a family dinner and if you go at the right time, you may just be entertained by the greek belly dancers. It was a lot of fun and my family and I had a great time. I would not reccomend taking small children though because it is an echoee place and if they start crying, the other guests might be annoyed.
This has been a family favourite for years, almost decades! But prices have gone up on some items,especially the coffees, that are double the standard and for small sizes!! While the food remains excellent, the value for price and size has greatly diminished. And what is a Greek meal without coffee...a stylish , full cup of coffee, to end with?! Too bad, Anatoli... you are no longer on our list.
I don't really understand the "rip off" review.
i've been eating at anatoli for over 7 years, i even make the drive from kits.
i haven't noticed any drop in portion size or quality.
the food is as great as ever. if anyone knows consistency it's anatolis.
most times i take friends, they take food home the portions are so generous.
i'll always be a loyal customer
Had been to Anatoli many times when living in Vancouver back in the 90's.. Moved back to Vancouver, and one day, headed to Anatoli hoping to repeat many wonderful dining experiences from before. Noooo way. Prices are high, portions are a complete joke, unless you're a small child, and food is below mediocre. I won't waste my time or money returning here ever again. You shouldn't either.
Have been there several times for lunch with family. Usually we splurge and get the platters for 2. Love the seafood one, both times I had it recently it was great. The salmon was so tender, not overcooked as some places tend to do. No complaints from any of us. All of us go out and eat greek alot. There are better but this one is one of the best on the North Shore.
I recently held my parents' 60th wedding anniversary at Anatoli Souvlaki and was impressed with the helpful advice in the planning stage and the quality and abundance of the food the evening of the celebration. The owner kindly set up the stage for the Celtic trio I had hired and reportedly was at the restaurant early morning, preparing a feast of starters that included calamari, Taztziki, Saganaki; followed by enormous platters of roasted lamb, chicken, salmon and prawns, rice, potatoes, and Greek salad. A member of the staff also ordered and picked up, from an outside bakery, a fresh fruit cake for dessert. The head waiter was especially conscientious and concerned that all enjoy themselves and checked with me throughout the evening regarding the timing of starters, dinner, champagne, and cake. He also stole my mother's heart by taking her arm and leading her down the stairs to the party (while the hostess escorted my father), and serving her festive-looking virgin martinis as she cannot tolerate alcohol. At the end of the evening many of the forty-five guests thanked me for a wonderful time, saying it was a perfect place to hold a party. We had our own private space downstairs. The food, especially the lamb, salmon, and Saganaki, were repeatedly praised. Though my parents are Irish, I think that the Greeks have much in common with the Irish: they are a kind, generous, fun-loving people who know how to throw a party. I whole-heartedly recommend this restaurant.
Anatoli Souvlaki is absolutely the best Greek food in Vancouver. The service is top notch and the food is even better. Owners, Iani and Alexi Makris really make you feel right at home when you walk in the door. The ambiance is great but watch out for the belly dancer on Friday nights, she is always looking for a dance partner. All the dishes served at Anatolis are quality, The tarmas is by far the best I have had anywhere. It doesn't have the fish smell I have noticed at other restaurants. The consistency and texture are phenomenal. The calamari, saganaki and dolamades are to die for. All lamb dishes are great, definitely the best country and roast lamb dishes. Take a look at the souvlaki options as well, if you notice the difference between Anatolis and any other Greek restaurant is the fact they serve a pork souvlaki. It is very good, other restaurants dont serve it because it costs more and is harder to cook. Don't be fooled though, the lamb, beef and chicken souvlaki are just as good. No Greek food in Vancouver is cheap and I am willing to pay a little more to go to Anatoli Souvlaki.
Its a shame, because the service here is friendly and warm.
The food unfortunately is terrible in my opinion. The meat on my souvlaki has been stringy and overcooked everytime i've been here. The homous is also flavorless.
Did i mention the fact that there are so many flies flying around? Something about that makes me question how clean this joint is.
So long anatoli, you won't be getting any more of my money
Anatoli's WAS one of the best Greek restaurants on the NS YEARS AND YEARS ago. My last (and final) visit was a big disappointment. The service was SLOW and the food was VERY average. The waitress did not come around again until we asked for the bill. There was NOTHING special about the place or meal. Too bad.